A charming pedestrian cobbled street, rue Montorgueil, is lined with wonderful restaurants, cafés, cheese shops, bakeries, wine shops as well as Paris’ oldest (and one of its finest) pâtisseries. It’s a real joy to explore. Here are just some of the street’s highlights.
1st / 2nd arrondissement, between metro Étienne Marcel and Sentier
N° 38 : L’Escargot Montorgueil
True to its name, this restaurant offers a wide range of variations on this French classic, snails with parsley and garlic butter, with equally delicious main meals and desserts, served at a leisurely pace in a traditional setting.
N° 51 : Stohrer
Opened in 1730, Stohrer is famous for creating the delectable Baba au rhum (pictured below), named after Ali Baba from ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ by King Stanislas of Poland. The range of beautiful pastries, cakes, savory tarts and chocolates will have your eyes popping and your taste buds dancing in anticipation. The shop interior, which dates back to 1864, is as beautiful as the cakes are delicious..
N° 72 : Soguisa
Unlike many other fishmongers I can think of, the smell of fish here is subtle, a sure sign of the fishes freshness. Everything here is also displayed so beautifully that you know that Soguisa doesn’t just sell fish – they enjoy selling fabulous fish!
N° 74 : Le Palais du Fruit
The freshest fruit and vegetables you’ll find anywhere plus some excellent dried fruit and nut mixes.
N° 78 : Au Rocher de Cancale
A typical atmospheric French bistro, famous for selling oysters.
N° 86 : La Fermette
One of the best fromageries in Paris, a visit to La Fermette is a must. They sell a huge collection of French cheeses as well as the some of the best that England, Italy and Holland have to offer. The owners and staff (pictured top) are extremely helpful and fun. It not unkown, for instance, on a hot day for them all to be wearing brightly coloured Hawian shirts – or so I’m told!
Don’t miss the aged Comté or the brie with truffle. So good!